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Prince Barely Kept His Cool The First Time He Met Muhammad Ali

"He could have said, 'mow the lawn,' and I would have been down with it."

You know you're the greatest when millions admire you, including music icon Prince

Muhammad Ali's death on Friday came just over a month after the legendary singer died

Ali lived a life of purpose and passion. His influence extended well beyond the boxing ring and he left a lasting impact on his many admirers. Prince was one of them. 

The musician met Ali for the first time at a 1997 press conference intended to promote The World Healing Honors, a benefit concert raising money for charities that confronted and worked to eliminate bigotry and prejudice around the globe, according to The Los Angeles Times. 

The pair had much in common: both were incredibly talented, shared passionate religious beliefs and used their platforms to speak out about issues most important to them. 

On the day they met, the two stars sat onstage together as Prince shared powerful words about his admiration for Ali. 

“My friend called me a couple of days ago and asked me. He said, Muhammad wants you to --  and I said 'Yes,'" the singer told a crowd of reporters. "I didn’t even let him finish. He could have said, 'Mow the lawn,' and I would have been down with it. Muhammad’s my hero. He has been since I was a child. As you can see, he’s such an inspiration to many people.”

 

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